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To secure prosperity through the generation of wealth and the creation of the greatest number and widest range of employment opportunities possible by promoting and developing business, commerce and industry in all sectors of the economy.

Constituted as a Principal Committee of the States with effect from 1 May 2016.

  • Constitution

    • A President and four members who shall be members of the States: provided that neither the President nor any member of the Committee for Economic Development shall be the President or a member of the Policy & Resources Committee or the President of the Scrutiny Management Committee or the President or a member of the Transport Licensing Authority; and up to two non-voting members appointed by the Committee who shall not be members of the States.
    • President: Charles Parkinson
    • Vice-President: Andrea Dudley-Owen
    • Members: Joseph MooneyDavid de Lisle, Neil Inder
    • Acting Chief Secretary: Steve Wakelin
  • Purpose

    • To secure prosperity through the generation of wealth and the creation of the greatest number and widest range of employment opportunities possible by promoting and developing business, commerce and industry in all sectors of the economy.
  • Responsibilities - Policy Advisory & General

    • To advise the States and to develop and implement policies on matters relating to its purpose, including:
    • 1. the promotion and development of all sectors of business, including construction, creative industries, digital, financial services, horticulture, intellectual property, manufacturing, media, retail and tourism;
    • 2. the reputation of the Island as a centre for commerce and industry;
    • 3. securing the provision of, and promoting, air and sea links to and from the Bailiwick;
    • 4. inward investment at the corporate and individual level;
    • 5. the labour skills necessary to sustain economic prosperity;
    • 6. competition, innovation, diversification and regulation in the economy;
    • 7. broadcasting and the media;
    • 8. safeguarding living marine resources and the sustainable exploitation of those resources.
    • To exercise powers and perform duties conferred on the Committee by extant States' resolutions, including those resolutions or parts of resolutions which relate to matters for the time being within the mandate of the Committee for Economic Development and which conferred functions on the former Commerce and Employment Department, Culture and Leisure Department and Home Department.
    • To fulfil the responsibilities and operation functions set out below.
  • Responsibilities

    • A. General Responsibilities of the Policy & Resources Committee and all Principal Committees
    • 1. to contribute to fulfilling the States' objectives and policy plans, including by supporting and participating in cross-committee work;
    • 2. to monitor and report on policy outcomes in areas relating to its mandate;
    • 3. to ensure that public funds and other resources are used to best advantage, including through co-operative and flexible working practices.
    • B. General Responsibilities of all Committees of the States
    • 1. to exercise powers and perform duties conferred on the committee by extant legislation and by extant States' resolutions;
    • 2. to be accountable to the States for all policies developed, actions taken and services delivered or overseen by the committee;
    • 3. to be accountable to the States for the management and safeguarding of public funds and other resources entrusted to the committee;
    • 4. in any policy letter submitted to the States to set out clearly how the proposals contained therein relate to the duties and powers or the purpose and policy responsibilities of the committee, how the proposals contribute to the States' objectives and policy plans and what joint working or consultation has taken place with other committees;
    • 5. to act in accordance with the Rules of Procedure of the States and their committees;
    • 6. to be aware of the powers, duties and limits of the committee's mandate and to respect and not to undermine the mandates of other committees of the States;
    • 7. to be aware that a committee of the States is in effect an agent of the States of Guernsey exercising functions conferred on it by resolution of, or legislation approved by, the States of Deliberation; and as such to respect that, save in specific circumstances where legislation provides otherwise, the States may at any time they consider it desirable issue directions to a committee and that committee shall be expected to carry into effect any such directions irrespective of whether that committee or any of its individual members agree or disagree with such directions: provided that the rejection by the States of recommendations or advice of a committee shall not ipso facto require the resignation of that committee.
    • C. Reference to Enactments
    • 1. unless otherwise provided, or the context requires otherwise, a reference to an enactment in the mandate of a committee is to be interpreted as a reference to the enactment as from time to time amended, re-enacted with or without modification, extended or applied.
  • Operational Functions

    • The Committee for Economic Development shall deliver or oversee the delivery of those operational functions which immediately before the 1st of May, 2016 were delivered by:
    • (a) the Commerce and Employment Department, with the exception that the following operational functions will transfer:
    • to the Committee for Education, Sport and Culture
    • - The Guernsey Training Agency
    • to the Committee for Employment & Social Security
    • - The offices of Health and Safety
    • - Employment Relations Service
    • to the Committee for the Environment & Infrastructure
    • - Agriculture, the rural environment, biodiversity and countryside management advisory services
    • - Farm loans scheme and farm management including dairy farm manure management plans
    • - Guernsey global breeding plan
    • - Animal communicable disease monitoring, animal health and welfare including import and export of live animals, vet licensing, the pet passport scheme and veterinary medicines
    • - Certification of meat imports and exports
    • - Provision of the slaughterhouse and incinerator
    • - Liaison with relevant regulatory and advisory bodies on environmental matters
    • - Security of supply of essential commodities including food, fuel and energy
    • - Energy advisory services, including in relation to renewable energy
    • - States' Vet
    • to the Committee for Home Affairs
    • - The offices of trading standards, and consumer protection advice
    • to the Transport Licensing Authority
    • - Issuing air route licences
    • to the States' Trading Supervisory Board
    • - Management of the Guernsey Dairy, including liaison with its stakeholders
    • (b) the Culture and Leisure Department, in relation to the following operational functions only:
    • - The Information Centre
    • (c) the Home Department, in relation to the following operational functions only:
    • - Broadcasting services
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